Would you risk your life to save a baby of one of the most dangerous animals on Earth? Well, this amazing woman did just that! She risked her life to rescue a bear cub.
The short clip shows a woman, Sarah Lindgren, a park manager in Pennsylvania. While driving through the Cross Fork, a small town in the Susquehannock State Forest, she finds a baby black bear lying at the side of the road. Fearing the cub already died, she steps out of the vehicle to take a closer look.
The poor creature’s head is stuck inside a plastic carton. Once she gets closer, she sees that the baby is still alive. Knowing it could suffocate and die, Lindgren reacts quickly to rescue the bear cub.
The video captures Lindgren as she grabs hold of the container and pulls with all her might. The bear cub struggles and pushes against the plastic tub with its paws. Finally, the thing comes off, freeing the baby!
The cub sits stunned for a few moments, likely trying to catch its breath. Both Lindgren and the baby are lucky to have survived this day. Lindgren states if she wasn’t able to rescue the bear cub, it would have likely died within the next day or so. Although dehydrated and very weak, the cub eventually got up and made its way up into the safety of a tree.
Let’s learn more about bear cubs before watching the incredible video at the end!
Can a Bear Cub Survive Without its Mother?
The answer to this question depends on the age of the bear. One study found that bear cubs possess the necessary skills to survive on their own as early as about five months old. Lindgren estimated the bear cub in the video to be about eight months old and capable of surviving without its mother.
Do Bears Adopt Abandoned Cubs?
Yes! The same study also found that mother bears readily accept rescued bear cubs that are not their own. However, only during certain times of the year. The successful adoption of these orphaned or abandoned cubs occurs most often when the mother is still in the den. This must be before they emerge with their own cubs around March each year. In fact, even mothers who’ve abandoned a den will generally accept their cubs back. This requires tracking the mother and delivering the cubs to her.
What To Do With an Abandoned Bear Cub?
First, if you find an abandoned bear cub, call your local fish and wildlife office. Likely, the mother is somewhere nearby. She may become aggressive if you are seen approaching the cub. If she does, you may not live to tell the tale. While bear attacks in PA are rare, one attack was recorded in May 2023.
If you determine that you must rescue the bear cub, such as with the one in our video, remember that all bears are dangerous. Even though it may be very young and cute, baby bears still have sharp claws and teeth. They can still cause you significant harm. Also, be aware that a bear cub’s cries can draw in other bears. This includes large male bears that often kill babies for an easy meal.
Removing a bit of plastic is one thing. Meanwhile, attempting to capture the bear cub is best left to the professionals. If the bear cub needs medical attention, please call local authorities right away. They have the resources to get the cub the help it needs, without you needing to risk your life!
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recommends you do not interact with a bear cub for any reason in their article Leave Bear Cubs Alone For Their Safety. Though we recommend you leave them alone for your own safety, as well!
Watch This Fearless Woman Rescue a Bear Cub Below!
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